Case 131 - U.S. Negotiations with the Republic of South Vietnam, 1961
Lawrence, Stewart and Roger Hilsman
This case study analyzes President John F. Kennedy’s decision to increase American support to South Vietnam after taking office in 1961, a major turning point in U.S. involvement in Indochina. It examines how Kennedy came to that decision and traces the negotiations between U.S. and Vietnamese officials over the terms of aid, as well as the internal American debate about how to deal with President Ngo Dinh Diem.